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Eliza Byard
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Dr. Eliza Byard is the Executive Director of GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), an organization known worldwide as an innovative leader in the education, youth development and civil rights sectors fighting to end bias-based bullying, violence and discrimination in K-12 schools and promote a culture of respect for all. For more than a decade she has shepherded the growth of GLSEN’s public education and advocacy efforts; student organizing and youth leadership development programs; professional development training for educators; research and program evaluation capacity; in-school programming such as No Name-Calling Week, which the National School Boards Association termed “one of the most used and celebrated bullying-prevention programs in the country”; and GLSEN's award-winning Think B4 You Speak Ad Council campaign. Byard has crafted advocacy strategies that have won bipartisan support for GLSEN’s issues and widespread acceptance of the urgency and importance of LGBT issues in K-12 education. She serves on the Board of Trustees for America’s Promise Alliance, the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board for Sodexo, the Steering Committee of the National Collaboration for Youth, and the LGBT Suicide Prevention Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. You can follow Dr. Byard on Twitter at @EByard.

Entries by Eliza Byard

"Thank You for Helping Me Make a Difference": A Decade of GLSEN's No Name-Calling Week

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2014 | 5:01 PM

With GLSEN's No Name-Calling Week now in full swing across the country, I find it amazing to reflect on what this event has become in its 10th anniversary year. In 2004, when we launched the first year's activities, we had no idea what it would become. We only...

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Where Courage is Found

(1) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 4:12 PM

Less than a month ago I received a letter from Rev. Bernice King, CEO of The King Center. "I would like to personally extend an invitation to you to speak during the 50th Anniversary Let Freedom Ring Commemoration and Call to Action on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial," she...

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The Real Madness of Sports Culture

(5) Comments | Posted April 4, 2013 | 5:40 PM

Over the past 48 hours, the American public was aghast at the tape of Rutgers men's basketball coach Mike Rice verbally and physically abusing his players during practice, calling them "faggots" and "fairies," shoving them and throwing basketballs at them. Public furor finally forced Rutgers' hand, and Rice...

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Tackling Name Calling on the School Field (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 12:36 PM

When I was in high school, I marked the time by sports seasons: soccer in the fall, basketball after Thanksgiving and softball only a few weeks after my beloved Yankees required pitchers and catchers to show up in Tampa for spring training. My teammates were hugely important to me, and...

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A Lesson in Kindness

(0) Comments | Posted January 18, 2013 | 12:47 PM

One of my proudest moments as a parent to date came at a summer camp closing performance. One by one, the six- to eight-year-old participants did an improv dance solo and then finished with a flourish, calling out a word to describe themselves. Several were "Funny!" Many "Creative!" or "Smart!"...

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On Same Day Kobe Uses Anti-Gay Slur, NBA Players Show Us Importance of Respect

(0) Comments | Posted April 14, 2011 | 4:53 PM

Hours before five-time NBA champion Kobe Bryant uttered an anti-gay slur during a basketball game Tuesday, NBA players Grant Hill and Jared Dudley entered the US Airways Center in Phoenix to serve as role models of a very different kind.

The Phoenix Suns teammates -- players who proved to...

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Honoring Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover's Memory

(1) Comments | Posted April 6, 2011 | 3:29 PM

Two years ago today Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover took his life in his hometown of Springfield, Mass, after months of enduring anti-gay bullying in school. He played football, participated in the Boy Scouts, was active in his Church and wanted to be President. Although the school, principal and his teachers were...

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Colliding Realities in America's Middle Schools

(16) Comments | Posted September 28, 2009 | 5:29 PM

The past couple of weeks have brought the American public two very different perspectives on how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues play out in our middle schools, from extremely different sources.

On Sept. 19, at the "Values Voter Summit" in Washington, DC, Michael Schwartz, chief of staff...

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